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Exchange Place 'Christmas in the Country' offers folk art, crafts

Jeff Bobo • Nov 28, 2016 at 10:11 AM

KINGSPORT — The historic “Exchange Place” 1850s living history farm in Kingsport offers holiday arts, crafts and demonstrations during its annual “Christmas in the Country” celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Christmas in the Country features fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations.

Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, handmade baskets, hooked rugs, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and jewelry.

There will also be treats available including baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, as well as a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm.

Christmas in the Country furthers the mission of Exchange Place by demonstrating a slice of 1850s wintertime farm life in our region, and showing how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays.

The day ends with the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will begin around 4:15 pm.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a sprig to cast onto the fire, and also to wear fine, colorful headgear to the event, which will conclude with the singing of carols and, of course, a cup of hot wassail.

Located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Exchange Place Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-19th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee.

The event is free and visitors can come and go at their leisure.                                         

For more information call Exchange Place at (423) 288-6071, send inquiries to [email protected]                                                           

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